A Peaceful Beginning, a Musical Finish, and Lively Voices in the Middle

October 26, 2007

The public is invited to join Mary Baldwin University in activities ranging from a visit from a Peace Corps representative, to a choir concert and art opening, to lectures with global connections November 1–8.

Peace Corps logoAlways wanted to build a school abroad or teach children to read?Visit Evan Papp, Peace Corps representative, 6–7:30 p.m. November 1 at the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement. Papp will host an informational session on Peace Corps outreach and is looking for those interested in serving abroad. Papp will specifically address opportunities in health, education, small business, community and youth development, agriculture, and language studies. The Peace Corps currently maintains more than 8,000 volunteers and trainees who staff 68 posts and serve 74 countries worldwide.

Vaughan Garland's gypsum fieldsLove to be surrounded by art and artists?Attend the Mary Baldwin opening for artist Vaughn Garland at 4:30 p.m. November 5 in Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Art Gallery to meet and learn about Garland and his work. If you can’t make it November 5, the exhibition runs through November 30. Garland, 30, is based in Richmond and has curated and collaborated on several shows in addition to producing his own work, including large outdoor sculptural exhibitions in that city’s Manchester and Shokoe Slip districts in 2005 and 2006. As described on his Web site, his art “suggests a type of biological study, chaotic climate changes, and realization of our present-day fear of catastrophe.” Visit www.vaughngarland.com for more information.

Harry AnastasiouWonder what role religion plays in struggles of war and peace?Listen to Dr. Harry Anastasiou explore, compare, and contrast how religion contributes to conflict, and how religion becomes a vital constructive catalyst for peace. Anastasiou is a faculty member in Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution graduate program and the elder brother of Mary Baldwin’s own Andreas Anastasiou, associate professor of psychology. For more than a decade, Cyprus native Harry Anastasiou has played a lead role in the development and growth of a citizen-based peace movement on the ethnically divided island and in establishing relationships between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. He was a member of a Harvard study group of policy leaders and academics that worked on ideas and approaches for the peaceful resolution of ethnic conflict in Cyprus. The lecture, 7:30 p.m. November 5 in Francis Auditorium, is the third in BC’s Peacemaking and World Religion Series.

Carole LevinCurious about what it was like to be a Jewish female during the English Renaissance?At 5 p.m. November 8 in Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery, Carole Levin will discuss how Jewish women were pressured to convert to Christianity in Christopher Marlowe’sThe Jew of Malta, William Shakespeare’sThe Merchant of Venice, and in real life. Levin first visited Mary Baldwin as the college’s Commencement speaker in May 2007, and her upcoming talk meld her specialties in late medieval and early modern England and Europe and in women’s history.

“I look at why there is such interest in conversion of young Jewish women and how that leads to their isolation,” Levin explained. “There is intrigue not only in the history of actual Jews, but also the attitudes of the dominant culture toward those who are different.” Sponsored by Mary Baldwin’s Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar program, the event is the perfect warm-up for American Shakespeare Center’s upcoming season featuring both plays.

Mary Baldwin Concert ChoirWant to hear new voices in song?Be in your seat at 7:30 p.m. November 8 at First Presbyterian Church during Mary Baldwin Choir’s fall concert. Linda Gamble Heuer will accompany the choir as it sings selections from Stroope’sLes Chansons des Rosesand Richard Nance’s arrangement of the popularSet Me as a Sealtaken from “Song of Solomon.” The Mary Baldwin University Madrigals directed by Jolene Flory and Baldwin Charm directed by Rachel Quagliariello will also perform. The history of choral music at Mary Baldwin dates back at least to 1866, when the Commencement program lists a performance by the Chorus. The modern-day incarnation, the Mary Baldwin University Choir, was formed in the late 1950s and typically has about 50 members. Madrigal Singers, a specialty group of about 12-15 was founded by Professor of Music Robert Allen in 1993. Baldwin Charm, also founded by Allen, sing acappella arrangements and tour in spring and have recorded several CDs.